Assassin's Creed II

Assassin's Creed II Features for Xbox 360

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Tom Orry, Editor - Vanquish, Xbox 360 and PS3

Vanquish screenshot

While I'm not allowed to tell you exactly what I think about Platinum Games' third-person shooter until next week, I will say that it has some awesome boss fights, and lots of them. Vanquish is a superb looking game, and the sight of huge mechanical creatures bearing down on you with lasers, cannons and death rays shooting out of their heads is something to behold - although very scary. One boss, formed of whatever scraps of metal it can find, is so frightening I dropped my controller the first time I met a gruesome end at its unpleasant metal hands.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Fallout New Vegas, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Fallout: New Vegas screenshot

I've got to mind my words here, as I'm under review embargo until Tuesday of next week. However, I think I can get away with saying that I've been having a hell of a good time with Fallout: New Vegas. Obviously there are a lot of similarities with Fallout 3, but it's the differences that matter - particularly the new hardcore mode, and the overall tone and feel of the world. Obsidian's dev team contains a number of people who worked at Black Isle on the first two Fallouts, and their experience really shines through in the writing and quest design. Want to hear more? Check back here for my review next week.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Medal of Honor, Xbox 360 and PS3

Medal of Honor screenshot

I pity the poor army regiment that has both an Oscar and a Mike in their contingent, because if the radio chatter here is to be believed then those two would have an awful time fitting in. In the real world, however, there have been a few divisive scores handed out to Medal of Honor across the magical expanse of the interwebs. Which should tell you all you need to know, really; there's some neato shiny bits scattered about here and there, but ultimately the hills of Afghanistan are about as diverse as the scenery along the M25. The biggest problem, though, is that, no matter how obnoxiously EA tried to ram the puffed-up idea of brotherhood and unity down my throat, I couldn't give a giant, sweaty bollock about whether or not any of the characters lived or died.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer - Professor Layton and the Lost Future, DS

Professor Layton and the Lost Future screenshot

The Games Media Awards took place on Thursday evening, and my liver took an absolute beating. The subsequent day I nursed a hangover of epic proportions whilst playing Professor Layton's latest adventure. Of all the games to play after such vast quantities of alcohol and three hours sleep - this was probably the worst. The first puzzle I played took me in excess of half an hour, and probably wouldn't have posed much of a challenge to a six year-old. Still, simple arithmetic eluded me and I had to read the question about eighteen times before I understood what I was supposed to be doing. In my defence, the game doesn't do a fantastic job of phrasing some of its puzzles and is needlessly difficult because of it. That said, the story side of the game is the strongest yet; as charming and well presented as ever. Look out for the review next week. Drink responsibly too.

Tom Pearson, Video Producer - Game Dev Story, iPhone

I'm really struggling in this virtual industry. I thought, what with me actually working in the field, that I would know a thing or two about games. It's easy right? Pour some money here, put some creative design in there, sprinkle some originality on top and you've got a number one for sure. Well, my sales figures tell me otherwise. It's an excellent idea for an iPhone game; still, my only wish is that it should be more complicated. I want to have two or three game developments on the go, not just one, though due to my track record they would all bomb anyway. I guess I'll start making known titles from the real world and see if they are as successful in virtual space.

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Endless's Avatar


Been playing CastleVania (rock hard on Knight difficulty) and Armored Core For Answer; Also rock hard. With the occasional smattering of Reach to break it up.
Posted 16:15 on 18 October 2010
cousinwalter's Avatar

cousinwalter@ Mr_Ninjutsu

You seemed to play it constantly all weekend every time I looked at who was online you were there
Posted 13:59 on 18 October 2010
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cousinwalter@ guyderman

was it ghosts that took it?
Posted 13:58 on 18 October 2010
guyderman's Avatar


Playing through the first 10 hours or so of Castlevania again after my original save file vanished somehow :(
Posted 13:19 on 18 October 2010
Woffls's Avatar


Exactly the same as last week for me: Guitar Hero + Halo Reach. Also a little bit of Brutal Legend, which has LOTS of problems but the atmosphere and general experience are brilliant.
Posted 11:47 on 18 October 2010
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Developing a bit of a habit of finishing games over a weekend at the moment and this weekend it was the turn of Enslaved, which I thought was an interesting story/game but the combat as stated above is a bit generic and repetitive.
Posted 09:19 on 18 October 2010
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For me mostly:

F1 2010
Midnight Club LA
Burnout Paradise

And after not being able to find my copy of Red Dead the other night I decided to start the campaign of BC2 again.
Posted 08:58 on 18 October 2010
Clockpunk's Avatar


Dead Rising 2 - that's me at 1000/1000 GS! :D
Borderlands - Bloody ********** ****** ******** **** silly random collectibles in Robolution. Need more faming for them.
Warriors of Rock - Money For Nothing and Sharp Dresed Man will never get old.
Fable - Prepping for sequel - just a couple of achievements to get...

and finally:
Game Dev Stoty - another kudos for Indoor Heroes for the recommendation - so addictive and fun! Takes me back 17-or-so years, and evokes the same feeling I had upon playing Sim City/Theme Oark on the SNES for the first time!
Posted 08:58 on 18 October 2010
CheekyLee's Avatar


Get enough time to myself to play something. This is the hardest game I have ever played.
Posted 08:07 on 18 October 2010
Karlius's Avatar


Been Playing Limbo, Alan Wake and a little DJ Hero.
Limbo is simply fantastic.
Alan Wake still my GOTY the Writer just confirmed that.
Keep forgetting I have DJ Hero, every time I play it I get at least one achievement its a superb game and I'd probably rate it as the top rhythm game available atm.
Posted 07:40 on 18 October 2010
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Fifa 11 - can't seem to win a match, played 15 games 10 of them draws......

Dante's Inferno - First boss scares the ***** outta me....
Posted 04:14 on 18 October 2010
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F1 2010 - won my first race in career today, twas at Istanbul in the dry, went long on the hard's and pitted about lap 8 to get out just infront of alonso then put engine management to "fast" and ripped the softs untill the flag.

Came second in Montrial too :D was a full wet race, started pole but span out on the 180 hairpin. If only I had a few more laps, I feel I could have had him!
Posted 22:17 on 17 October 2010
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fifa 11
still going on with red dead but giving up after like 30 min play through.
pes 2010
crackdown 2
and lil bit of alan wake and reach

cant wait for the review of new vegas
Posted 21:42 on 17 October 2010
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Been going though the on line World Cup in Fifa World Cup 2010, trying to win the thing with a 1 star time is no easy task, but being that was the first time I got out of the group stage I'm a little confused, not to get to the final

Battlefield Bad Company2 has been getting a lot of on line time too, trying to get the SPECACT Achevo's
Posted 21:40 on 17 October 2010
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Been so busy with other stuff I haven't had much time for gaming. The little time I have had I have spent playing Enslaved. Forunately it is a game best played in parts (as stated above). It's a nice game, though. Not excellent, but very nice.
Posted 21:28 on 17 October 2010

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 20/11/2009
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 843 69
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